Factors to consider when hiring a Company Secretary
Here are some tips that you should consider before hiring a company secretary:
1. Clear understanding of the Indonesia company laws
As the company secretary is the legal assistance of a company, it only make sense to appoint someone that is familiar with the laws and regulations of Indonesia. With an incompetent secretary, there might be risks that your company breaching certain laws and incurring penalties or getting yourself into court cases not in your favour.
For instance, a company secretary of an auditing firm should know when to submit the audited annual reports to the registrar, failure to do so will result in fines which is not ideal.
2. Proficient communication skills
A company secretary acts and represents the company while conversing with external stakeholders such as shareholders and directors. They must also be able to facilitate general meetings, annual general meetings as well as meeting with the directors of the company.
Accompanied with their knowledge of legal matters, they are not doubly able to provide professional and unbiased advice to the audience.
3. Strong administrative skills
Beyond being the company’s ‘right-handed man’, company secretaries in Indonesia should also be able to handle other financial tasks such as filing tax returns as well as annual reports. They should also be able to pick up calls and answer any quires a customer may have.
While these financial tasks can be outsourced as accounting and audit services, the company secretary should be able to understand, check, and liaise with the firms directly.
4. Efficient financial skills
A company secretary should also be able to handle financial statements at ease, hence it is only logical that the secretary you hire should have an above average familiarity with financial knowledge. This will lower the risks of misstatements made by inexperienced secretary, causing the company to make a loss because of a simple information the inexperienced secretary has missed out.